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Dan Holohan

Dan Holohan

Joined on March 4, 2009

Last Post on August 28, 2014

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that was

@ July 4, 2002 7:39 AM in Hot at Work? - Noel

Food Fair!

Hotel info

@ July 3, 2002 7:53 PM in A Gathering of Wetheads Hotel Information - Dan H.

Marianne has negotiated a room rate of just $99 for those who want to stay over. Mention the Dan Holohan meeting when you call to reserve a room. She's blocked out 30 rooms so you should reserve soon if you want to get this great rate. Here's the link to the hotel: Should be a mighty fine party!

If you're going to the Gathering

@ July 3, 2002 7:51 PM in Gather of Wetheads Hotel Information - Dan H.

Marianne has negotiated a room rate of just $99 and the hotel has blocked out 30 rooms for us (ya snooze, ya lose). Mention the Dan Holohan meeting when you call to make your reservation. Marianne and I are going to be staying over on Friday and Saturday nights if you'd like to hang with us. Cut and paste this link to the hotel: Rock on!

I read in yesterday's paper

@ July 3, 2002 2:19 PM in L.A. fed. judges say.. pledge unconstitutional - David Sutton

that Robin Williams has come up with a solution to the whole thing. He thinks we should pledge, "One nation, under Canada . . ." Or "One nation, over Mexico . . ." Robin for President!

Here's something that can boost your business.

@ July 3, 2002 2:09 PM in An opportunity (but only for some of you!) - Dan H.

(Here's a press release from Woody. Take a minute to read it and then I'll tell you what I know about these two - Dan H.) Construction Break, a newsletter service currently serving 125 construction-related firms in 39 states and Canada, is now available in eleven new statesAlaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. Construction Break offers contractors an easy and affordable way to produce a customized promotional newsletter to mail to customers and prospects. Published quarterly in a choice of two, three or four-color format, the interior of the four-page newsletters contains humor, helpful tips, trivia, inspirational quotes and similar materials designed to make the publication interesting and fun for readers. The front and back pages feature text and photos customized for the client, such as project profiles, staff spotlights, tips for homeowners or businessowners, and articles on service and maintenance, new products and payment plans. Clients supply us with their own content and photos and we edit the copy, design the newsletter, do the layout, print, fold and ship the newsletters to the client, says David W. Woody Wood, a partner in Construction Break. All they need to do when they receive them is put on address labels and mail them. Construction Break offers territorial exclusivity, allowing only one firm to use the service within a given 50-mile radius. Territories are awarded on a first come, first served, basis. With the industry becoming more and more competitive, plumbing and mechanical contractors are recognizing the need to actively promote their services and build relationships, says Wood. A company newsletter, if done well, can not only provide regular communication with clients and prospects, but is also an opportunity to subtly promote the firms capabilities and accomplishments. Construction Breaks light approach is a deliberate strategy. Given the volume of material that people are exposed to every day, if you want to get your message across youve got to entertain, as well as inform them, Wood adds. Construction Break was started in 1995 by Wood, a nationally known industry writer, marketing consultant and three-time winner of the Construction Writers Associations T. Randolph Russell Award for newsletters, and Lorraine Cline, owner of Cline Design, an award-winning graphic design firm based in Andover, N.H. More than a dozen of Construction Breaks clients newsletters have won awards themselves. Information packages, including samples, pricing and a publishing schedule, are available upon request. Contact David W. Wood, 503 E. Deering Road, Deering, NH 03244; phone: 800-439-9663; fax: 603-529-3180; e-mail:; website: _______________________ Okay, now a word from me. I've known Woody and Lorraine for years. They are incredibly good at what they do. If you've ever seen "Words from Woody," the award-winning newsletter, you'll know what I mean. It's a great-looking combination of fun and news that nails you to your seat as soon as it arrives in the mail. Woody and Lorraine bring that same talent and ability to capture attention to "Construction Break." If you're a pro who is looking to get more business. this is a very cost-effective way to do it. And I especially like the way they offer exclusive territories. I was talking with Woody yesterday and he told me that he has NO ONE using "Construction Break" in the entire state of Connecticut. What an opportunity for some bright professional to sew this thing up!

Chicagoland contractors

@ July 3, 2002 2:07 PM in I've got a large leak.... - irene

If you were only listed in Find a Contractor, Irene would probably be calling you right now.

it's the longest thread

@ July 3, 2002 2:05 PM in And now, back to Steam Heat - S. Milne

that I've seen. Perhaps this is the immortal one?


@ July 3, 2002 12:16 PM in The Mercurio Family and Oil Tech Talk

a happy and safe holiday to you and Toni!

reminds me

@ July 3, 2002 12:15 PM in Hot at Work? - Noel

of the long-ago summer when I worked in Pathmark's frozen-food department.

If not, this can help!

@ July 3, 2002 10:35 AM in Happy with your job? - Dan H.,2732,80158,00.html Cut and paste it to your browser.

Three words for weather like this

@ July 3, 2002 8:45 AM in 94 degrees yesterday - S Milne

B.K. Sweeney's!

And . . .

@ July 2, 2002 10:05 PM in A Gathering of Wetheads - Dan H.

Dan Foley, Steve Thomas and Dale Wegman. Quite a brain-trust cooking here!

The software that runs the Wall

@ July 2, 2002 9:11 PM in May I have your thoughts on this, please? - Dan H.

can open into other rooms. I was thinking about having a Classroom that we could use from time to time. It would be a place where we could gather on a certain day and time to ask questions of a guest expert. The Wall would continue to run as is when the Classroom was in session, so it would be your choice as to whether you'd like to sit in on the class or just hang out on the Wall. I thought this might be a good place to explore one subject or issue at a time, and in depth. The text would then sit there for a few days for anyone who wanted to view it. What would you think of that? Would that be useful to you? Thanks for your thoughts, and for all that you do for us.

I get

@ July 2, 2002 8:50 PM in Apologies - J.C.A.

about 50 a day (got the one with your name on it, no worries). What works really well to catch them before they enter the computer is McAfee's Spam Killer. It also catches and deletes all lot of the nonsense email that arrives here every day. Please don't let this upset you; it's just the world we live in. Most are astute enough at this point to not open attachments without scanning them, even when they arrive from folks we know.

And so is

@ July 2, 2002 8:42 PM in A Gathering of Wetheads - Dan H.

Ted Lowe from IPEX

Hot Tech Topics

@ July 2, 2002 6:55 PM in Need fun, interesting facts about heating for newsletter. Rocky

Here's part of one of the tales over there: There was once a time when a square foot of radiation meant, literally, one square foot of surface area on the radiator. When they filled the radiator with 1-psi steam, each square foot of surface would pump out 240 BTUH - as long as the air surrounding the radiator was 70 degrees. Make the air cooler, and the radiator would put out more heat. The opposite also was true. Still is. Toward the end of the 19th Century, foundries began to elevate radiator-making to an art form. To increase the surface area, while decreasing the overall size of the radiators, manufacturers began to give their units more nooks and crannies than a beehive. The challenge was how to measure the surface area of these old beauties. The Dead Men solved the problem in a most ingenious way (and ask yourself if you would have been able to figure this one out.) Now, remember what they were trying to do was just measure the outside surface area of the radiator. Not the inside, not how much space it took up - just the outside. So heres how they did it: They got themselves a big vat filled with paint, which they put on a scale. Next, they plugged all the holes in the radiator, hung it from a thick chain, and then slowly lowered it into the paint. They let the radiator sit in the vat for a while - long enough for the paint to find its way into every cast-iron angle, twist and turn. Then they raised the radiator from the vat, letting the excess paint drip off. They weighed the vat again, knowing that the paint that was no longer inside the vat would now be clinging to the outside surface of the radiator! Finally, theyd put that much paint in a can . . . and then they painted the floor with it. The amount of floor surface they could cover with the paint became the square foot EDR rating of the radiator. Pretty cool, eh? As time went by, they figured out how to measure a radiators output by weighing the condensate that came out of it. After they had this more-modern method worked out, one nostalgic engineer went back and checked it out against the Paint Method. To his delight, the measurements were remarkable similar! Its just that with the Paint Method, they needed really big testing laboratories.


@ July 2, 2002 4:04 PM in And now, back to Steam Heat - S. Milne

Guys, I hid the photos so that this great thread would fit better on the screen. Just click on the links and they'll open in a new window. Thanks.

John Ruhnke is coming

@ July 2, 2002 1:17 PM in A Gathering of Wetheads - Dan H.

Hey, John, bring the AutoPurger!

I didn't

@ July 2, 2002 12:11 PM in new wall feature - Chris Brown

know it did that. Thanks for the heads-up!

Who says

@ July 2, 2002 11:19 AM in I must aplogize to the following - David Broome

you don't know heating? Thanks for sharing all of this with us, Sal. I'd love to be there when the GC hears that Mark is the guy that's making the comfort-related desisions. That's delicious!

Patrick J. Flaherty

@ July 2, 2002 10:15 AM in A Gathering of Wetheads - Dan H.

of Milton, MA just signed up. The Gathering is the Saturday before Thanksgiving. What a fine time of the year to be in New England. I'm really looking together to having some laughs with you all. Anything can happen at this thing. Probably will!


@ July 2, 2002 9:10 AM in I must aplogize to the following - David Broome

Sal, please tell us about what you'd like to have in that home that you're having built in the future. Has your reading of the Wall over the years influenced you? How so? Thanks.